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LUNCH@LLAIC - Spring 2019

Lunchtime Presentations - Spring 2019: 
To enhance the LLAIC learning experience, a number of presentations by stimulating speakers, and lively current events discussions, will take place on during lunchtime
at our host site, Temple Shir Tikva (TST), 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778 (Route 20).  These will be given at 1:10 - 2:10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Your unique ideas are always eagerly solicited and welcomed.

Presentation days and times:  to view the dates and speakers, see the tables below
Click on the day/time just below to go to information for presentations on each of the three days.

If there is no detailed description or short biography, then consult the Quill published on the Sunday preceding that week. For recommendations or questions, contact Carole Levy. Note that there may be occasional changes to the program.

Tuesdays, 1:10 - 2:10   Speaker Series

Wednesdays, 1:10 - 1:55  Current Events discussions led by Harriet Janel-Starrett

Thursdays, 1:10 - 2:10   Speaker Series

Tuesdays, 1:10 - 2:10

Feb. 26
Start of Classes: Welcome Program
March 5
Tim Driver

Reimagining Lifestyles in Later Years

How older Americans are shifting their thinking on where and how to live in “retirement”

Tim Driver founded Age Friendly Ventures, the parent organization of Age Friendly Advisor, Mature Caregivers and He has a successful track record starting and building digital businesses that make a social contribution. Prior to Age Friendly Ventures, as a Board Member and SVP of Consumer Products at, Driver helped establish, build and popularize a firm that leveled the playing field for employees by making compensation and career information available to millions. Prior to, Driver was a group director in Personal Finance and Strategic Businesses units at AOL. He built consumer category offerings, including the AOL Careers Channel, that became leading web destinations. Driver has appeared in numerous national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, NPR and CNN. Driver served as Employment Committee Co-Chair for Massachusetts Governor Baker’s Council to Address Aging. 

March 19
Susan Blumenfeld
Sages and Seekers: Pairing LLAIC Members with Students
For details click on March 17 Quill

March 26
Phil Radoff
Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second opera of Richard Wagner’s monumental cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung.  The opera is treasured by Wagnerites for the magnificence of its music, which includes the exciting Ride of the Valkyries, popularized as the incidental music to Apocalypse Now and other films. Phil will walk us through this complex Wagner masterpiece a few days before the Metropolitan Opera’s production in high definition at many theaters in Metrowest.

Phil Radoff is a retired lawyer with a lifelong interest in opera. He currently leads a course covering three operas by Giuseppe Verdi.

April 9
Jan Schreiber
Poetry Reading

Jan Schreiber was Poet Laureate of Brookline, Massachusetts from 2015 to 2017. His books include Digressions (1970), Wily Apparitions (1992), Bell Buoys (1998), and Peccadilloes (2014), as well as two books of translations: A Stroke upon the Sea and Sketch of a Serpent. A cycle of his poems, Zeno’s Arrow, was set to music by Paul Alan Levi in 2001. His criticism has been widely published and was collected in his book Sparring with the Sun (2013). He teaches in the BOLLI program at Brandeis University and runs the annual Symposium on Poetry Criticism at Western Colorado University. His new chapbook, called Bay Leaves, is scheduled to appear in late summer 2019.

April 16
Dr. Norm Spack
Transgender Youth
For details, click on April 14 Quill

April 23 Daniele Bick The Jews of the Mahgreb

A talk about Algerian Jews, their history, their social life, and their customs.

Daniele Bick was born in Algeria but left shortly before Algeria gained its independence from France. She was raised in France and came to the United States as an adult.

April 30 LLAIC Writers Group
Please join us for the joy of writing: The LLAIC Writers Group has been writing prose and poetry for more than a year. We’re pleased that we’ll be sharing some of our writings with you.

Please join in. Bring something you wrote, someone else wrote, or something you’d like to share with everyone.

May 7
Annual meeting: Election of Board nominees, thank-you to volunteers

Wednesdays, 1:10 - 1:55

Feb. 27
Start of Classes: Welcome Program
Every class lunchtime
Harriet Janel-Starrett
Current Events discussion
April 24
No Current Events discussion

Thursdays, 1:10 - 2:10

Feb. 28
Start of Classes: Welcome Program
March 7 Victor Carrabino Risorgimento: The Italian Unification. 

Risorgimento  (“Rising Again”)  is the 19th century movement  for Italian unification that culminated  in the establishment  of the  Kingdom of Italy.  Stimulated by the French Revolution,  Risorgimento  was  an ideological and literary movement  that helped to arouse  the national consciousness   of the Italian  people and  led to a series of  political events  that freed  the Italian States  from   foreign domination  and united them  politically.

Born in  Italy, Victor Carrabino is an  Emeritus Professor  of the Florida State  University.  He earned his Ph.D. in French at the University of Massachusetts.   From  1987-2005  he was the Resident Director of the Florida State University  International  Study Program in Florence,  Italy.  Once retired, he returned  to the States,  taught  Italian at the  Florida State University  home campus  in Tallahassee , Florida.  In 2010 he and his wife,  Ann Marie, moved to Waltham and taught,  as Visiting Professor of Italian, at Wheaton College, Norton, MA. 

March 14
Joel Winett
“Mass Government: Who is the Head and Who is the Tail? An overview of the interplay between the executive and legislative branches.”

The talk will identify the elected officials and define their roles. Note that the governor has a large staff and there are eight Executive Offices under the governor plus the Department of Transportation. There are four other constitutional offices plus the Governor’s Council. And there are a number of independent organizations in state government. Joining Joel for part of the talk will be Atty Robert Jubinville, a current member of Governor Baker’s Governor’s Council.

Joel is an enthusiastic follower of local, state, and federal elections and is involved in a number of Framingham city committees. I was a Framingham Town Meeting member for 42 years and Town Moderator for 2 years.

Joel has a BSEE and an EE degree from M.I.T. and an MSEE from Columbia University. His professional experience has been as a Software Development Manager and Quality Assurance Manager.
March 21
Ethan Cole
(Boston Police)
Identity Theft
March 28
Marie Manis
End-of-life Choice
For details click on March 24 Quill

April 11
Andy Martinez
"Underwater Photography"

Today’s presentation will introduce you to the colorful and diverse world beneath the New England waters.  Featured in this presentation will be the interesting behaviors, interrelationships, and natural history of the Gulf of Maine creatures.

Lecturer, undersea journalist, and naturalist are words that describe the life and career of Andy Martinez.  An avid scuba enthusiast, he began diving back in the late 1960’s.  When he discovered the beauty and intricacy of sea life, he picked up a camera and has never put it down.  His photo images have been published internationally in dive, travel, and nature magazines as well as nature calendars and books.  His book, Marine Life of the North Atlantic has a mobile app with interactive features. He has also co-produced an award winning children’s book, Pier at the End of the World. His latest book for young readers is Don’t Mess with Me is about beautiful but venomous marine animals. He has led many groups of divers to Indonesia, the Philippines and many islands in the Caribbean.
April 18
Mary Mansfield
TED Talk with discussion; also, talk-back session for members
For details, click on April 14 Quill

April 25
Richard Landry
Paratroopers in the Normandy Invasion

Richard Landry is a member of Liberty Jump Team, whose primary mission is to honor the legacy of the paratrooper from the WWII era to the present. 

 Mr Landry’s talk will consist of discussion of the nature of the paratrooper mission in WWII. He will provide a display of equipment typical to what US Army paratroopers would have carried into combat during the Normandy invasion. 

The Liberty Jump Team performs parachute operations at commemorative events and airshows through-out the United States and Western Europe. Many of their jumps are out of historical aircraft such as the C-47 which was the primary transport aircraft of the Normandy invasion.  Many members of the team are veterans, and active duty members of numerous armed services.  The uniform of the team is the M1942 paratrooper uniform which was the standard uniform of US paratroopers’ during the Normandy invasion. 

In the early 1980s Mr Landry was a Pathfinder in the 82nd Airborne Division.  He is currently employed as a load bearing equipment designer at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center located in Natick, Mass.

May 2
Yuval Malinsky
Brain Wellness Software
For details, click on April 28 Quill

May 9
LILAC Players
For details, click on April 28 Quill

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Updated May 5, 2019